The so-called Eternal City is one of the museum cities of Italy, where every square, every corner, every street transports you to the past and immerses you in the immensity of the history of a place that has seen some of the civilizations inhabiting its streets more majestic. Rome’s metro network is not very wide, due to the amount of debris they find every time they try to expand it and the traffic is quite dense, so the best way to get around the city is walking, but be prepared to do many kilometers because there is a lot to see and in very distant points. What you definitely cannot miss in your first visit is the following:
* Vatican City: St Peter´s Basilica, its Square and the Sistine Chapel give great artistic value to the city, it is worthwhile to dedicate several hours of the day. The entrance to the Basilica is free but if you want to climb the dome, you will have to pay, in addition to doing an arduous job because it has 550 steps, of which you can only save 230 if you choose to go up the elevator and be any decision you adopt, is a recommended route. The spectacular square has 284 columns that you can see all together from a vanishing point that you will find on the floor marked “centro del colonato”. And even if you are not very devoted to art, appreciating the Sistine Chapel will surely take you more than an hour to see every detail.
* Trastevere: The most charming area of the city with streets that preserve the medieval layout, nice restaurants and bars with good atmosphere and although always full of people, has not lost its appeal. It is the perfect place to take a break in the day and sit on a terrace for a drink while enjoying the passage of people and street artists who are always out there. Another very good plan is to finish the afternoons of walking tasting a good plate of pasta or a pizza with a glass of wine to toast for the privilege of being there.
* Piazza di Spagna: The best known is its grand staircase, always busy and lively, at the end of which stand the towers of the Trinita dei Monti church and of course from where you will have a very different perspective of the square. You can sit down to rest on one of its 132 steps and see how many people visit it all day.
And if we talk about accommodation, right in the Piazza di Spagna with an incomparable location, I recommend you explore the new Hotel de la Ville, the second in the city of the Rocco Forte chain, which is a guarantee of service, comfort and elegance. You will have wonderful panoramic views of the city from its beautiful rooftop terrace or from one of its 104 rooms or suites full of details and spectacular furniture. It promises to be the most artistic and timeless hotel in Rome, enjoy its facilities and let yourself be pampered at the end of the day in the luxurious Spa, I assure you it will be a great pleasure during your stay.
* Fountain of Trevi: The largest in Rome is also the most photographed, majestic with all its sculptures emerging from the facade of the Palazzo Poli on which it rests. In addition its large size makes the free space of the square really small and even disproportionate for such a magnificent work. However, the fountain continues to fascinate and one could stay for hours, if not for the shoves and the hubbub of the place. Before leaving, do not forget the tradition of throwing your coin behind your back and with your right hand.
* Piazza Navona: One of the largest and most famous in Rome, former arena of athletic games, now converted into a tourist epicenter with dozens of restaurants, painters, musicians and street performers. Architecturally it is an authentic jewel, since there are several churches and fountains (highlights the Fountain of the Four Rivers of Bernini, which represents each of the great rivers of each continent: The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube and the River Plate). From this immense square there are several streets where it is worth getting lost and looking for somewhere to eat or drink.
* The Pantheon: Located near the Trevi Fountain, it is an impressive circular building that was built in that place in 125 AD, which is impressive, since it is in a perfect state of conservation and it seems that the years have passed for him. The entrance is free and inside you can see one of its most striking features: its immense dome almost 50 meters in diameter that has an open oculus in the center of 9 meters in diameter where natural light and rain enter. Inside are the tombs of several kings and the painter Rafael.
* Colosseum and Roman Forum: Immense on the outside, magical inside and honoring his name, colossal as a whole. Without any doubt, the most spectacular amphitheater that has ever been built. And if it is impressive by day, it is not less at night. Two thousand years later, its dimensions and the remains of its complex network of underground tunnels, ramps and elevators continue to surprise everyone who visits it. Do not miss the opportunity to contemplate the Colosseum in the afternoon, when the reflection of sunlight on the stone of the facade offers a spectacle of incomparable beauty you will realize that visiting the Colosseum is a cultural, historical and, above all, experience, sensorial. I recommend you have a good guide to understand each monument, there is much to know around.
And if you want to get away from the city, do not forget to go to Pompeii, you can take the train to the south and in 2 hours you will be witnessing the wonderful conservation of a city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius and left trapped in time almost 2 thousand years ago. There are 3 entrances to the city and these will take you through the hot springs, the old Forum, the Amphitheater and the Lupanar, among many other remains that are worth visiting. You will see the famous frescoes that are in some houses, by which you can wander without problem.